Sun Valley — Lodging
For information or reservations for Sun Valley and Ketchum, call 800-634-3347; 800-786-8259.
The Sun Valley Lodge & Sun Valley Resort (800-786-8259; $$–$$$$; right) is the heart of the resort, though it is not slopeside. You can relax on terraces and in grand sitting rooms beneath coppery chandeliers. Gleaming outside is a skating rink once ruled by ice queen Sonja Henie. The village is a 3,800-acre Alpine enclave of pedestrian walkways, wall paintings, snow sculptures and spruce foliage. Because the Lodge was built well before the time of group tourism, each room is unique. Pricing depends on room size and added factors such as view and balcony. The newly renovated Sun Valley Inn (800-786-8259; $$–$$$$), about a hundred yards from the Lodge, is a bit less expensive but shares most amenities. Condos, suites and cottages are also available; ask about packages.
Knob Hill Inn (800-526-8010; 208-726-8010; $$$–$$$$) is one of the Ketchum area’s most luxurious, recently included in the exclusive Relais et Chateaux group. The building is so Austrian you feel as if you’ve stepped out of your car into the Tyrol. Though it looks old world on the outside, rooms are quite modern and spacious—especially the baths with Jacuzzi jets.
Pennay’s at River Run (800-736-7503; 208-726-9086; $$–$$$$) is a cluster of family-perfect condos within walking distance of River Run lifts. There is a big outdoor hot tub and units have VCRs. A snowmobile-drawn carriage carries guests to and from the River Run lifts.
Best Western Tyrolean Lodge (800-333-7912; 208-726-5336; $$), only 400 yards from the River Run lift, has an Alpine atmosphere with wood-paneled ceilings and downy comforters. A champagne continental breakfast is served. Best Western Kentwood Lodge (800-805-1001; 726-4114; $$) with an indoor pool is in the middle of town, convenient to everything. The rates here are a bit higher than at the Tyrolean.
Clarion Inn (800-262-4833; 208-726-5900; $–$$) is a hotel with a large outdoor Jacuzzi and continental breakfasts. Rooms open to outdoor walkways and the decor is simple. It can be quite rowdy during spring break and holidays.
Christophe CondoHotel (800-521-2515; 208-726-5601; $–$$$$) has roomy condos with underground parking and heated pool. Make sure you know exactly how to get to your room; the outdoor walkways are somewhat confusing.
Tamarack Lodge (800-521-5379; 208-726-3344; $$) is in the middle of town with a hot tub and indoor pool. Good for families, the lodge is equipped with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers. It doesn’t get any more convenient than this for nightlife and dining. Rooms with fireplaces cost more.
Povey Pensione (128 W. Bullion St., Hailey; 800-370-4682; 208-788-4682; $) is a century-old residence maintaining the original character of its builder, John Povey, a British carpenter, who built and lived in the house when Hailey was a mining town. Pastel wall coverings and antique furnishings give the three bedrooms an Old West character. This Pensione is about 13 miles south of Ketchum and Sun Valley. If you stay here, rent a car. Children under 12 are not allowed.
Lift Tower Lodge (800-462-8646; 726-5163; $) gets its name from a section of an old ski lift and is very close to the River Run base. All rooms have a refrigerator, TV and phone. Complimentary breakfasts include bagels, coffee and orange juice. The free bus stops in front.
High Country Resort Properties (800-726-7076) has an extensive selection of homes, townhomes and condominiums for short- and long-term rentals in the greater Ketchum-Sun Valley area. Choices range from cozy cabins to luxury homes. Special services available include car rental, shuttle bus, airport pick-up, dinner reservations and activity booking.
Elkhorn Resort (800-333-1962; 208-541-265-8521; $$–$$$) has affordable condominiums on the bus route to the mountain and downtown. This place is close to Dollar Mountain, perfect for beginners.
For private home rentals, call ResortQuest Sun Valley (800-521-2515; 208-726-5601) or Premier Resorts (800-635-4444; 727-4000). Both have rentals near the lifts, downtown Ketchum, out at Elkhorn Village near the Dollar Mountain lifts, and homes that offer privacy and isolation.
Accommodations Legend: (double room) $$$$–$200+; $$$–$141–$200; $$–$81–$140; $–$80 and less